Newtown Township police warned Tuesday that a resident received a troubling scam call.
A resident came into the police station late Friday stating she received a call from a person who stated they were with federal law enforcement. The caller threatened the Newtown resident with arrest if they did not cooperate and make various payments in the form of gift card payments, totaling over $14,000, authorities said.
The caller ended up telling the resident that Newtown Township police would call to verify their legitimacy. A short time later, caller ID displayed the Newtown Township police phone number (215-579-1000), and the person on the other end urged the resident to make payment, authorities said.
“We are urging our community to be aware of this scam, especially since the Newtown Township Police Department’s telephone number is being used for caller ID spoofing. The Newtown Township Police Department will not contact anyone to solicit payments, in exchange for rectifying situations related to any alleged criminal charges,” police said in a statement.